Perk’s Sugar Cookies

This recipe was one I tried when I was testing for a good recipe to use for cutout cookies; it didn’t make the cut. The dough is soft, and spreads a lot when cooked. But still, the cookie is very good- soft rather than crisp.

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Perk’s Sugar Cookies

(Perk is Penny Delancey’s Grandmother)


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients; mix well.

Roll into balls, place on cookie sheet and press down with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 degrees about 10 minutes.

To make lemon cookies, exclude the vanilla and add:

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons more flour

The spread on these cookies is quite large; they become close to 3 inches in diameter. I had some trouble with the cookies spreading into each other while cooking; as a result, some of mine have a rough edge where I had to pull them apart. I was using my #50 scoop, and only getting 8 cookies per pan.

I also had some problem using the “glass dipped in sugar”. I wasn’t getting the sugar to stick to the bottom of the glass, and then to transfer to the cookie. As a result, I filled a salt shaker with sugar, and then I used the glass to press the cookie dough ball flat, and sprinkled sugar on the flattened cookie.

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